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NYPD Surveillance Upheld Despite AP Campaign
by Patrick Dunleavy
A federal judge in New Jersey dismissed a lawsuit last Thursday that was brought by several Islamic activist organizations, including the Muslim Students Association and the Muslim Foundation, against the New York City Police Department. The plaintiffs accused the NYPD of violating their civil rights through a program which including surveillance and intelligence gathering of the Muslim community in New Jersey.
The groups, along with several individuals, stated that the actions had "caused a series of spiritual, stigmatic, and pecuniary losses" to them both as individuals and collectively. The plaintiffs went on to say that they experienced "diminished religious expression."
In plain speak, they accused the New York Police Department of violating their constitutional right to religious freedom protected under the First Amendment.
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